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Assistant Professor/Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and       Community Engagement


Maga (University of Vienna), MA & PhD (York University)

Phone: (902) 457-6237

Office: MC 203E

Dr. Eichler is Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and Assistant Professor in Political and Canadian Studies and Women’s Studies at MSVU. She completed her Ph.D. at York University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Toronto. She was a 2013-2014 Lillian Robinson Scholar at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University. 

Her academic interests include:

  • Feminist International Relations Theory
  • Gender and Armed Forces
  • Veterans and Military Families
  • Security Privatization
  • Community-Engaged Research on War
Selected Publications:


Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia, Stanford University Press, 2012.

Edited Volumes:

Gender and Private Security in Global Politics, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

"Unmaking Militarized Masculinity: Veterans and the Project of Military-to-Civilian Transition," Critical Military Studies 3 (2017), no. 2: 161-181 (with S. Bulmer).

"Add Female Veterans and Stir? A Feminist Perspective on Gendering Veterans Research," Armed Forces and Society 43 (2017), no. 4: 674-694.

"Learning from the Deschamps Report: Why Military and Veteran Researchers Ought to Pay Attention to Gender," Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health 2, no. 1 (2016): 5-8.

“Engendering Two Solitudes? Media Representations of Women in Combat in Quebec and the Rest of Canada,” International Journal 69, no. 4 (2014): 594-611 2014. (with K. Chapman).

“Citizenship and the Contracting out of Military Work: From National Conscription to Globalized Recruitment,” Citizenship Studies 18, no. 6-7 (2014): 600-614.

“Gender and the Privatization of Security: Neoliberal Transformation of the Militarized Gender Order,” Critical Studies on Security 1, no. 3 (2013): 311-325.

"Russia’s Post-Communist Transformation: A Gendered Analysis of the Chechen Wars,” International Feminist Journal of Politics 8, no. 4 (2006): 486-511. (Special issue on Gender Violence and Hegemonic Projects, edited by Meghana Nayak and Jennifer Suchland)

Book Chapters:

"Gender in International Relations: Interdisciplinarity and the Study of Conflict," in Advancing Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Relations, edited by S. A. Yetiv and P. James, Palgrave 2017 (with S. Basu).

"Private Security and Gender," in Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies, edited by A. Leander and R. Abrahamsen, Routledge 2016.

"Gender, PMSCs, and the Rescaling of the Politics of Protection: Implications for Feminist Security Studies,” in Gender and Private Force in Global Politics, edited by M. Eichler, Oxford University Press 2015.

"Russian Veterans of the Chechen Wars: A Feminist Analysis of Militarized Masculinities,” in Feminist International Relations: Conversations about the Past, Present and Future, edited by J. A. Tickner and L. Sjoberg, Routledge, 2011.

"Gender and Nation in the Soviet/Russian Transformation,” in Gendering the Nation-State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives, edited by Y. Abu-Laban.University of British Columbia, 2008.

Other Publications:

"The Politics of Poppies," Understorey Magazine, issue 11: Service (August 2017) (with J. Wiebe)

"Militarized Masculinities in International Relations,” Brown Journal of World Affairs 21, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014): 81-93.

"Women and Combat in Canada: Continuing Tensions Between ‘Difference’ and ‘Equality’,” Critical Studies on Security 1, no. 2 (2013): 257-259.

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